Douglas Wilson, professor, author, and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, discusses several of Abraham Lincoln's great ideas, especially his public letters. While detailing Lincoln's rise from dark horse to national hero, Wilson also explains the importance and impact of these letters.
Douglas L. Wilson is the George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.
Before becoming involved in Lincoln research, he published several books and articles on Thomas Jefferson. One of these, "Thomas Jefferson and the Character Issue," was featured as the cover story in The Atlantic Monthly.
Among Professor Wilson's Lincoln-related publications are three books: Lincoln Before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years, a collection of his Lincoln articles and essays; Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, which was awarded the Lincoln Prize in 1999; and Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words.
He lives in Galesburg, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln's hometown.
Douglas Wilson describes the revolutionary nature of the letters Lincoln wrote to the public and explains that even though the letters were heavily criticized by fellow politicians, they made a huge impact on his popularity.